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MYSTIC GARDEN CLUB

Wine & Cheese at the Denison Homestead

The Denison Society
Invites You
to a
Wine and Cheese Reception
and
Tour of the Denison Homestead Museum
on
Friday, August 1, 2008
5:30- 7:30 PM
120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic CT

This reception is part of our annual Denison Reunion Weekend and an opportunity for The Denison Society to thank our Friends and volunteers and to introduce ourselves to others. It is surprising how many people have lived in this area all their lives but say they have never heard of us. The Denison Society was formed in 1930 as a family society when house museums were in vogue. However, what turned out to be unique was not only the Society commitment to local history, but the Denison Society commitment to the environment and open space. Maggie Jones, director of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, stated it this way, “Long before there were Nature Conservancies, before there were any local land trusts, in fact prior to any general awareness about nature education and habitat preservation, The Denison Society, of Stonington, CT made a commitment to environmental preservation.” The Society created the first nature/wildlife center in 1946 and leased 125 acres to it for a nominal fee of $1.00 a year, a lease that still continues to the year 2030! Today the Society is open to both Denison family members and Friends. We still own about 160 acres of land, part of the original land granted to Captain George Denison in 1654 by John Winthrop Jr. In 1992 we spear headed The Denison Fund Campaign to purchase the Morgan Farm land, 50 acres below our house, where we now hold the Denison Farm Market. (This land was to be a sub-division with a road running from the Aquarium to Pequotsepos Road.) We also run a seasonal museum for the public and sponsor local events, reenactments and school programs. In May we had a CPTV documentary filmed on Frederick Douglass at the Homestead. We currently have an exhibit on the filming and local slavery. We look forward to seeing you on August 1.
The Reception will be outside on our lawn weather permitting or inside the museum if inclement weather.
We hope to see you there!
Jean Evans, President of the Denison Society
RSVP membership@DenisonSociety.org or djevans3@aol.com
860-536-9248 http://www.denisonsociety.org/

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